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The Studio

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  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Broadband / WiFi

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44 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely place to stay, clean and tidy with everything you may need for a short stay/vacation."

    Nature around is lovely and Shaftesbury is really close for shopping, dining etc The only 'difficulty' we had -and this has nothing to do with The Studio or the owners- is that the neighbourhood around is too dark at night with no public lights at all so you need to be careful and have a torch to walk around or walk your dog, if you have one. Overall, a beautiful place in a picturesque location, ideal for a break from our busy lives!

    We are glad you had an enjoyable stay. We are in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) with dark sky status. Perfect for star gazing but trickier for night time dog walkies! We will supply a bigger torch. Do come again. Penny and Nigel Property Owner

    Reviewed by Marian4.4Mar 2024

  • "This place is heaven, we stayed there 4 magical days, beautiful views, lovely cottage."

    I really enjoyed staying here with my husband. You can find everything you need driving 5 minutes from The Studio. Thank you

    Reviewed by Danila5.0Dec 2023

  • "Only constructive criticism we had was because we did cook our main meals there wasn't a set of saucepans with lids & frying pan wasn't safe as it moved on cooker because the base was domed."

    But all appliances were very clean & modern.nice enclosed space for our dog. enjoyable stay overall. Mr & Mrs Beer (Kent)

    Thank you for helpful comments and I am glad you enjoyed your stay. We have taken these on board and updated the kitchen equipment. Kind regards Nigel and Penny Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Nov 2023

  • "Cosy and comfortable accommodation and well situated for Shaftesbury."

    Comfy sofa and bed with lovely bed linen. Some road noise particularly at peak times. Agree parking spot is awkward on a blind bend - a mirror would help make driving onto the road safer especially with the advent of (quiet) electric vehicles.

    Reviewed by Philippa4.4Sep 2023

  • "Very cozy. We loved our stay there."

    Reviewed by Jonas5.0Aug 2023

  • "Thank you for a lovely stay!"

    Reviewed by Romy5.0Aug 2023

  • "Delightful!"

    We really enjoyed our stay, and hope to come back.

    Reviewed by Nevin5.0Aug 2023

  • "Really enjoyed our stay very comfortable no clothes for cleaning when we left ..."

    Really enjoyed our stay very comfortable no clothes for cleaning when we left and wanted to trim the plants and bushes at the back only down side was the parking very dangerous for coming in and out

    Reviewed by Pamela3.8Jun 2023

  • "This is our second stay at the Studio because we enjoyed our first stay so much."

    The views from upstairs are amazing, and we found our whole stay very relaxing. Our only slight problem is with the television (which is probably just us). But during both visits, the owner of the property (apologies I can’t remember his name) came straight around to show us exactly what to do. During our first visit, we got the gist of the TV during our second visit - we didn’t. But to be honest we didn’t really need the TV as we are not avid TV watchers.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0May 2023

  • "A delightful tiny cottage, too small to contain dishwasher but comfortable, in excellent decorative condition and very clean."

    I have never had such luxurious towels. On a corner the parking space was very small and just on the verge of the road. It was important to leave the car facing North.

    Reviewed by D4.4May 2023

  • "The Studio was a lovely little cottage that was equipped with everything we needed."

    The bed and sofa were very comfortable. Had we been staying in colder weather, I do not think the storage heaters would have been sufficient. We couldn't get the upstairs one to come on at all. Everything else was great though. Thank you for a very comfortable and enjoyable short stay.

    Thank you for your kind comments - we are always on hand to smooth out any issues as they arise so please do let us know how we can improve things. The heating is pretty efficient but we can provide more if needed...... Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elizabeth4.7Apr 2023

  • "Fantastic location."

    Spotlessly clean. Incredibly comfortable. A lovely, private studio with beautiful views. Great location to visit North Dorset which has a wealth of National Trust locations and fabulous walks. Hope to return soon.

    Reviewed by Lindsey5.0Feb 2023

  • "The Studio was an ideal base for us and our dog, to discover Dorset."

    The property was very well presented, came stocked with everything you could ask for in a self catering property and the welcome table set for afternoon tea, with local biscuits, was very thoughtful. The upstairs view across the countryside was beautiful. The lounge area was a good space to relax in the evening and a super comfortable bed ensured a great night’s sleep too. NB. The car parking space is a bit tight, take care when parking . Many thanks to Penny and Nigel

    Thank you for some great comments, Julie. So glad you all enjoyed your stay in this pretty part of North Dorset. Come again! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Oct 2022

  • "Spectacular views over the country side lovely walks love the wildlife deer and birds every thing to hand tv a bit temperamental but was sorted promptly."

    Lovely and cosy.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Sep 2022

  • "A lovely cottage in a beautiful surrounding."

    The fotos are exactly how it is in reality - cozy and very british. We felt extremly comfortable ❤

    Reviewed by Anja5.0Aug 2022

  • "Had a lovely stay at The Studio, very clean and well equipped."

    Perfect location for us to visit family and see the surrounding areas. Would definitely recommend for a romantic get away.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Jul 2022

  • "G great little place and so dog friendly x A great escape and so peaceful x"

    So glad you enjoyed your stay. Thank you. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Daren5.0Jun 2022

  • "Lovely stay at the Studio."

    The property is spotlessly clean and everything you need is supplied (no need to bring anything). You can make a cup of tea when you arrive as Penny makes sure you have fresh milk, even fresh flowers on the table & if you are bringing a pet a supply of dog treats. On a separate note the shower did not have much pressure and wifi was very slow. Just my own personal opinion and is not meant as a criticism as the property is lovely and comfortable. We were visiting friends and know the area well but if you need any help Penny is there to assist. Would highly recommend this property and thank you Penny for a lovely stay.

    Thank you so much Lynn for your wonderful comments - we are so glad you enjoyed your break with us. We will certainly check out the shower pressure and Wifi but hope it didn't inconvenience you too much! We hope you will visit us again soon. Best wishes, Penny and Nigel Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lynn4.4May 2022

  • "It's a very comfortable and quiet cottage and we enjoyed our short stay, although we had a few recurring problems with the TV and it wasn't always easy to contact the owners on their phones."

    Problems were eventually resolved though.

    Reviewed by Pam4.7May 2022

  • "Lovely little cottage."

    Everything you need is there, good base for sightseeing.

    Thank you so much for your kind comments and perfect score! We hope to see you again before too long. Best wishes, Penny and Nigel. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jill5.0Mar 2022

  • "The Studio is simply lovely, very warm and welcoming, will definitely be staying there again very soon."

    Thanks for your great feedback and comments. We Look forward to your next visit. Penny and Nigel Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mathew5.0Feb 2022

  • "Really lovely little cottage perfect for a couple, easy access to visit places around Dorset."

    All your needs catered for views beautiful from Juliet balcony. Just 1 little issue the toilet is down stairs, some older couples need to go to the toilet at night may be a small sensor plug in to guide your way at night Would be useful. Can't wait to return in summer

    Thank you so much for your great comments - we loved meeting you both! Good idea about night light. Hope to see you again soon. Penny Property Owner

    Reviewed by Shirley4.7Feb 2022

  • "The Studio is well equipped and as shown in the images."

    Had the weather been warmer, I'm sure we would have sat outside more, the yard is a sun trap in the afternoon. The Studio is also a good location for visiting a number of historic sites and the coast. We packed a lot into our week here. My only disappointment with the property was the traffic noise. I'd incorrectly assumed this would be a quiet location but the adjacent road turned out to be busy. This was my error, but I was glad that we hadn't taken our dog as I wouldn't have fancied walking along the road to get on to nearby public footpaths.

    Hello Melissa, Thank you for letting us know about your visit to The Studio as we value our guests' comments after their stay and try to improve things for future visits. Unfortunately, the road was a bit busier in August due to the Bank Holiday traffic. We hope this didn't impinge of your stay too much. Dog walkers can actually access the lane opposite which takes you along the open fields to Charlton. Best wishes, Penny Property Owner

    Reviewed by Melissa4.4Aug 2021

  • "A great location for exploring the history of the area."

    There’s plenty of history to see too. Access to National Trust and English Heritage properties close by.

    Reviewed by Trevor3.8Aug 2021

  • "Penny and Nigel were so welcoming and the cottage was everything we needed and more!"

    Such a peaceful location and situated in the perfect spot to explore Dorset and the New Forest. Will be back!

    Hi Bethany, Thank you so much for your lovely comments - we so enjoyed having you in the Studio. Good luck with the Wedding plans! Penny and Nigel. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Bethany5.0Aug 2021

  • "A beautiful setting for a very comfortable cottage with everything you needed."

    Reviewed by William4.7Jul 2021

  • "Had a little difficulty finding the property as wasn't aware it was actually on the bend and you park in front of the house but fine once you know!"

    Good location for visiting other places of interest in the area.

    Reviewed by Lyn5.0Jun 2021

  • "A really great location, the cat parking space was a bit difficult as the road is quite fast, but everything was fantastic apart from that."

    Reviewed by Nicholas5.0May 2021

  • "Although the weather was extreme with Gales the property was very draughty."

    This probably wouldn’t be a problem the majority of the time, but if rented during the colder months when wind is more likely it may result in negative feed. We had to keep the curtains drawn and position cushions to help, so maybe the balcony window could have better insulation and fittings as the top lock kept popping open. Otherwise this was a very quaint property, perfect for two on a lower budget. Also a perfect location for exploring the coast and gardens nearby. Lulworth Cove and the national trust property at Stourhead are a must.

    Reviewed by Mark4.7May 2021

  • "The Studio is a little gem, cosy and we'll equipped ideally situated for exploring Shaftesbury and surrounding area , in easy reach of the south coast and the new forest, Only observation the studio is set on two levels and may be an issue for someone mobility issues."

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0May 2021

  • "For people that like to cook it would be good to have some serving spoons and a roasting dish."

    We took our own and a large casserole dish. It needs a mirror so you can see what is coming around the corner as you have to reverse out on top of a blind bend.

    Reviewed by Karen4.4Oct 2020

  • "It’s lovely accommodation just for two, which is quite hard to get."

    Facilities are good, we cooked ‘at home’ every night & watched deer in the fields at the back from the juliet bedroom window or sat in the private yard & watched the sun go down. A relaxing & very pleasant stay. In easy reach of lots of interesting days out & Shaftesbury itself is very pretty. We recommend going up to Compton Abbas airfield for breakfast with a view.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Sep 2020

  • "Absolutely loved it!"

    ! Super clean and comfortable. Great location to explore the surrounding villages, towns and cities. Well equipped kitchen and spotless shower room. Lovely views from the Juliet balcony. Nothing too much trouble for the hosts..

    Reviewed by Della5.0Aug 2020

  • "The Studio was very cosy, comfortable bed & new settee all the amenities you need, beautiful views, we met the owners very nice people, left you alone to enjoy your stay, once they just introduced themselves and the only other time we really saw them was to offer us fresh bedding and towels."

    We would recommend the Studio and would like to return their ourselves in the future.

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Jul 2020

  • "We enjoyed our stay at the Studio, it was exactly as described, exceptionally clean and tidy, the little extras was welcoming."

    Kitchen well equipt, very clean. The courtyard garden over looking the fields and familys ponies is a suntrap and we spent our evenings relaxing here after spending the days visiting, Weymouth, Bournemouth Poole and local beauty spots and more outstanding views. Penny and family were lovely. Highly recommend the Studio, will definatley return. 5* Thank you Penny x

    Reviewed by Jackie5.0Jul 2020

  • "Every thing you needed for break in studio was there fantastic view across fields ."

    Would love to return in future

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Feb 2020

  • "I really enjoyed my stay at the studio, penny was kind and courteous and her two children sociable and delightful."

    The small but beautiful cottage is ideal, well equipped with everything you need for a short break. Thank you penny

    Reviewed by Ian4.7Dec 2019

  • "Location good with amazing views from the studio, well presented and equipped."

    Details on studio misleading as there is not any seating area downstairs apart from the kitchen chairs , settee upstairs which was very uncomfortable it needed padding out under the seats as sunk in the middle. Double doors needs draught proofing as could see daylight through the middle and bottom the cold wind was blowing through so unable to sit at kitchen table to have a meal. I took my dog and as they are not allowed upstairs which is understandable if it was just a bedroom but as its the main living quarters its a bit unfair for the dog to be left downstairs. otherwise a pleasant stay.

    Reviewed by Valerie3.4Nov 2019

  • "Lovely place"

    Reviewed by James5.0Nov 2019

  • "Everything was wonderful!"

    So thoughtful and nice touches- for example the table was already set for us when we arrived! We would recommend it to everyone and didn’t want to leave!!

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Nov 2019

  • "Lovely few days spent at The Studio."

    Fantastic views and a beautifully presented holiday home. Thank you for our stay here in Dorset. from Julie and Dave and Ed (the dog)

    Reviewed by Julie4.7Oct 2019

  • "You are unable to sit on the red sofa that appears in the photos."

    It is a sofa bed and when you sit on the sofa all you can feels is the metal frame - to be honest the sofa is only fit for the rubbish tip. I would recommend that the couple who own the studio ( they are an extremely nice couple ) spend a night living there to see what might need replacing.

    Thank you for your feedback, we have taken your comments on board and we have had the sofa fully serviced - It is now very comfortable with no issues. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Amanda2.8Aug 2019

  • "We found our stay a perfect base for visiting all the places we wanted to see ."

    The Studio is a lovely place with beautiful views. Would love to return again .

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Aug 2019

  • "Perfect holiday location, stunning views, lovely and clean."

    The owners have gone over and above to ensure guests feel welcome, including the lovely welcome pack and the jam. Would totally recommend and would definitely book again.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jun 2019

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  • One bedroom: 1 x king-size with Juliet balcony
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living room with a kitchen, dining area and sitting area.
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, toaster, kettle, fridge, TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for one car, Off road parking for The Studio is in the marked bay in front of the main house, just adjacent to The Studio
  • Enclosed gravelled area with furniture
  • Note: 1 well behaved small dog allowed, but is to be kept downstairs
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 2.6 miles and pub 2 miles

The property

Shaftesbury 2.6 miles.

The Studio is a delightful, detached stone cottage nestling on the outskirts of the charming Saxon town of Shaftesbury, Dorset in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The property has stunning views of the Dorset hills, right from your door.

Internally, the property boasts an open-plan living space, with quality furnishings and access to your own private courtyard garden.

Delight in this smart setup, with a well fitted country kitchen in which to relax in the evening and enjoy a delicious home-made meal with a glass of wine.

The dining/sitting area has seating to use at your own leisure, where you can plan activities and days out for the duration of your trip.

On the first floor is a well-presented spacious king-size bedroom, with pretty, French style bed, making it the ideal property for couples.

The bedroom also offers a lovely Juliet balcony, showcasing those views right from your window.

Here, you can relax and unwind during the evenings, and reminisce times gone by with your loved ones or enjoy catching up with your favourite shows.

To the front of the cottage is a pretty, gravelled area, planted with tubs and with outside seating, where you can enjoy a refreshing drink and simply take in the picture-perfect, countryside views.

Whilst you're in the area, you can easily access a number of tourist attractions and the property’s rural location makes it the prime spot for some scenic walking and cycling.

Visiting the town centre of Shaftesbury is a must, featuring Gold Hill, a steeply cobbled street and famous for its picturesque appearance and views overlooking the vale beyond.

Shaftesbury Abbey, founded in 888 and once housing nuns, is now a museum and certainly worth a visit, bringing to life the town’s rich history.

Longleat House and very popular Safari Park is within 45 mins drive as is the Jurassic coastline where fossils can be collected.

The Larmer Tree Gardens with its expansive Victorian garden is also within a few miles of The Studio, boasting plenty of woodland, flowers and laurel hedges, making it a wonderful site to explore on your travels.The Studio provides an exceptional base for couples looking to escape to the countryside.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £125.

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About the location


Salisbury 21 miles; Bath 30 miles.

One of Dorset’s prettiest and most historic towns, Shaftesbury is perched on a spur of rolling green hills, and the views in all directions are without comparison. Lush green meadows, woodland glades and outstanding architecture are all within a short walk. One of the best vantage points is from Gold Hill (Ridley Scott's famous Hovis advert was filmed here) with its quaint, cobbled and very steep street. Visit the ruins of Shaftesbury Abbey (a place of great pilgrimage from the 11th century) or navigate the intricate and ancient lanes. Bath, Salisbury and Sherborne are all under an hour away, or drive through the stunning countryside of Blackmoor Vale down to the coast at Poole, Bournemouth and Weymouth. A beautiful area, that still carries the flavour of the very best of the English countryside.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas